National Awards Ceremony
Twenty-four Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers attended the annual National Awards Ceremony on 13 November where they were honoured for their commitment and dedication to the organisation.
The event, which took place at The Centre Ivanhoe, tied in with the conclusion of National SES Week where Victorians showed their support to the 5,500 SES Volunteers and the incredible work they do across the state.
Member for Northern Victoria Region and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development, Damian Drum, and SES CEO Mary Barry presented volunteers with National Medals and clasps.
The National Medal is awarded to volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and provided exemplary service. It recognises 15 years outstanding service, the 1st clasp recognises 25 years service, the 2nd clasp for 35 years and the 3rd clasp for 45 years.
“The National Medal is a great way to recognise our volunteers, who give their time to keep their local communities safe,” Ms Barry said.
“Victoria is fortunate to have volunteers with the dedication and skills to respond to all kinds of emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week”.
“These awards provide the volunteers with a sense of achievement, in what has been an extremely busy year for SES volunteers”.
In total, twenty-five SES volunteers were awarded the National Medal this year, nineteen awarded the 1st clasp, three awarded the 2nd clasp and one volunteer awarded the 3rd clasp.